Originally Posted by jkust
I bought my 616 last month and have been using it every day including as a whole house audio source. It has been absolutely perfect in every way. Every function has worked exactly as intended so far. I don't know what else to say. Other than a better Audyssey, to me this is just a no brainer and I'll gladly give up Multieq for the features the 616 has. Do a side by side with any other much more expensive receiver and I'd buy this over and over. I still can't comprehend how good of a deal these things are. When I bought mine in May it was one firmware updated behind and so before I did anything at all or plugged any cables into it I installed the firmware via a usb. All I can surmise is that the issues on my particular unit have been solved. In the back of my mind however, I realized that of the three total authorized warranty repair shops in a 5 state radius, one of them is literally on my way to work. I almost feel bad for people who got a bad one or have passed it by due to bad reviews. Also keep in mind that Onkyo has a 40% market share of the AVR market while the others have tiny fractions of the market. You are simply going to hear a lot more noise when the dominant player has some issues. I am having a hard time finding one thing that I'm dissatisfied with with this AVR. It is simply worth more than the street price indicates. Of course the 626 is out now and that added a few minute things plus added better audyssey, but also took a bunch of things off that the 616 had. All that said, I'd be pissed If I had gotten a bad one or bought earlier before the issue were ironed out.
Thanks a lot for the candid opinion. I long ago realized consumer sites are frequently more riddled with bad reviews, as people who are enjoying their purchases are a lot less likely to hop on an write a review (I know I'm guilty of that), so you rarely hear as much of the good.
I've had Onkyo for a long time, and was really amazed with the features. Yes, I see a lot of people wishing the Audyssey was better, but hell..I'm coming from a unit where I had to put a sound meter on a tripod and do it all manually! So this is going to be night-and-day. I'm just hoping to get 10 years out of it like I did my old one and this wasn't particularly a planned purchase at this point, just realize I'll be wanting to buy more sources before year's end and I'm digital audio input limited on my 601.
Just trying to get up to a good comfort level - and yes, I also looked up where my service centers are - I've got two within 25 miles. Not conveniently placed, but still doable.